A number of schools in and around the Pietermaritzburg area have felt the tremendous benefit of an Anderson Engineering waiting shelter which they delivered as part of their pledge to support and give back to the local community. The waiting shelter project, which commenced in 2010, has now delivered 6 waiting shelters to different schools, including Forest Hill, Woodlands Primary Schools, Alston Primary School, Eastwood Primary School, Tetelegu Primary and Eastwood Secondary School.
Initially designed and conceptualised to protect children from the weather while waiting for transport, these shelters are proving to be much more than just a waiting shelter, and offer the school and the learners a secure, sheltered space to add to the schools teaching and cultural infrastructure.
Anderson have also assisted the community in other ways over the years, including building customised aids for the elderly and giving their time and skills on Mandela Day to assist with improving infrastructure for local communities.
Community Upliftment & Social Responsibility News & Events
September 28, 2023
Anderson Engineering’s Commitment to Community: Empowering Project Gateway
At Anderson Engineering, we believe in the power of business to make a positive impact on society. Recently, we had the privilege of supporting Project Gateway, an inspiring initiative born from a dark period in Pietermaritzburg’s history. Our contribution, consisting of manufacturing and donating 65 school desks and installing 8 security gates for classrooms, reflects our commitment to social responsibility. Project Gateway: A Beacon of Hope Project Gateway’s journey began in the aftermath of the Seven Day War in March 1990, a conflict that left devastation in its wake. Piet Dreyer, Brian Andrews, and Ernest Zikali, driven by a shared vision to serve the poorest of the poor, rallied local churches to launch a feeding scheme and clothing distribution center. This grassroots effort marked the birth of Project Gateway, officially founded in 1992 when a formal constitution was signed. Their headquarters, The Old Prison, has been a hub for transformative projects since with a thriving school added to the mix. Anderson Engineering’s Contribution: Making a Difference In alignment with our commitment to social responsibility, Anderson Engineering manufactured and donated 65 school desks to the Project Gateway school. These desks provide children not just with a place to learn but also […]
July 14, 2023
Empowering Growth: Our Comprehensive Support for D Chem Group.
Since 2021, Anderson Engineering has been a dedicated partner in the journey of the D Chem Group, a dynamic company founded by Miss Nomandla Ngcoya, a celebrated Chemist with a remarkable track record in both science and entrepreneurship. Anderson Engineering’s commitment to assisting the D Chem Group has been a pivotal element of our broader corporate social responsibility initiatives, particularly as BBBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) Enterprise Development project. The D Chem Group: A Visionary Endeavor Miss Nomandla Ngcoya, at the age of 28, stands as a prominent figure in the realm of chemistry. Her recognition in the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans (Science and Technology) in 2016 underscores her exceptional talents and contributions to the field. She is the visionary founder of the D Chem Group, a multifaceted company primarily focused on detergent and cosmetic manufacturing, with an additional specialization in refining and repackaging traditional medicine. The D Chem Group took a significant step forward in April 2021 with the inauguration of their factory boasting a capacity to produce 10,000 liters of products per day. This remarkable feat has positioned the D Chem Group as an active player in the chemical manufacturing industry. With a PhD […]
August 9, 2022
Maqongqo Primary School Shelter
Anderson Engineering recently built and installed a much needed shelter for the primary school children of Maqongqo Primary School in Table Mountain, on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg in KZN. Following the installation, the principal of the school, Mr Michael Zondi, arranged a special day for the formal handover of the shelter. The Anderson Engineering team were invited to join a school assembly where teachers and some parents from the Student Governing Body were present. The students treated the Anderson staff present with some very heart-warming singing and two of the pupils thanked Anderson Engineering on behalf of all the pupils. They spoke sincerely about how much of a difference the shelter will make for them. Mr Zondi addressed all present thanking Anderson Engineering for our generosity and assistance. A highlight for the students was a short motivational message by Craig Stieger, Anderson Engineering Factory Manager. He shared a short motivational message of hope and encouraged the students (and teachers) to be disciplined in their journey towards the future, starting with the simple things, such as respecting the school and each other’s property. Pictured here at the handover are Hennie de Jager (Managing Director), Craig Stieger (Factory Manager) and Andrew Charters (Engineering […]
April 29, 2022
Supporting children in need through sport
In April 2022, Anderson Engineering sponsored athlete Graham Wells, in his IRONMAN event where he participated for the charity IRONMAN 4 the Kidz. The IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity’s aim is to raise funds annually, to make a tangible difference in the lives of children in need. In the week following the event Graham visited us and shared a truly inspirational and uplifting talk about his journey of giving through sport. Graham shared some humbling and inspiring thoughts and words with the team, about his various sporting events he has done over the years for charity, from countless marathons and Ironman events, to barefoot comrades, and back to back comrades. But always for a greater cause. His overarching message was one of extreme gratitude, to God, to the many donors to the charities he has competed for, to Anderson for supporting his latest effort, and for the gift of life where you get to take on challenges that may terrify you and which you face with great fear, but yet you get do them anyway. He really inspired everyone at Anderson to see that every one of us, can do anything, if we put our minds to it. He sees […]
September 19, 2021
High Shear Mixer, for D-Chem, through our Enterprise Development programme
As part of our Anderson Engineering Enterprise Development we designed and built a High Shear Mixer, at no cost, for D-Chem, a local start up business making detergents and personal care products. We also offered Nomandla, the owner, the use of our AE Pilot Plant for a day for Product Trials and development. Our team spent the day in assisting with her difficult products that needed emulsification. The owner-entrepreneur, Nomandla Ngcoya has an MSc. Chemistry from UKZN and dreams of being one of the leading manufacturers of detergents on the African continent. We look forward to assisting and supporting Nomandla further on achieving her vision. About D-Chem D CHEM GROUP is a diversified chemical manufacturing company based in Pietermaritzburg. It distinguishes itself in the market place through the production of innovative products which are in high demand in daily life. These include: Dishwashing liquid, Hard surface cleaner, Liquid hand soap, Hand sanitizer, Oven cleaner, Thickened bleach, Laundry bleach, Multipurpose cleaner, Tile cleaner, Window cleaner and many others. About Nomandla Ngcoya Miss Nomandla Ngcoya (28) is an acclaimed Black Chemist having featured in the Mail and Guardian Top 200 young South Africans (Science and Technology) in 2016. She is the founder of D […]
May 13, 2021
Offering a helping hand to support Woodlands Primary
Anderson Engineering provided much needed assistance to Woodlands Primary School recently. The bathrooms at the school were damaged and in poor condition. The Anderson team extended a helping hand – through a financial donation as well as physically assisting with repairing damaged dry-walls and re-building toilet cubicles at the school. In his sincere letter of gratitude, the headmaster, Mr N.L. Tommy, thanked Anderson Engineering for taking the time to witness the conditions that prevailed at the institution and then offering their personal time to repair the ablution facilities. “Our learners are now being afforded the opportunity of using beautiful toilets in a dignified matter. We salute you and your company and we pray that you continually provide opportunities for growth for the many disadvantaged people,” he said. It was a great privilege and a humbling experience for us to help the learners at Woodlands Primary. We salute the good work done by the headmaster and teachers and look forward to seeing the school rise from strength to strength in the years to come.
December 6, 2019
Anderson Engineering donates new computer for the school children at the St Joseph Baynes Children’s Home
Anderson Engineering have made a donation of a computer workstation for the 42 school aged children who live at the Salvation Army Joseph Baynes Children’s Home in Pietermaritzburg. Upon visiting the home recently, the Managing Director, Hennie de Jager was exposed to a number of the children requesting the use of a computer for school projects and curriculum-based projects that require internet access. The workstation that was in place at the time was not in working order and the disappointment he witnessed in the children was tangible. Hennie and his colleagues vowed to ensure the children have an operating workstation for the new 2020 school year. “I am so impressed by the efficient and seamless running of the Pietermaritzburg Salvation Children’s Home,” said Hennie. “The children are happy and always in good spirits and it very clear there is a deep sense of respect and gratitude. We are really pleased to be able to assist such a well run, successful community home and are in awe at the dedication and love by Major Tersia and her team”. Major Tersia Finn, Captain of the home and it’s Director of Services, expressed her deep gratitude for the donation and the impact it […]
June 9, 2017
Anderson Provides Shelters for Children
Early in March 2010, Anderson Engineering identified the need for waiting shelters for school children at two schools in close proximity to our premises. In working with the schools, the waiting shelters were designed primarily to provide protection from the elements as many of the school children commute and have to wait for public transport.
November 9, 2016
Anderson Engineering provides waiting shelter, which doubles as an outdoor breakout area, for Eastwood Secondary School learners
Eastwood Secondary School educates 1,560 learners on a daily basis and is currently the largest school in the Pietermaritzburg area. There are a number of challenges facing the school, including very limited funds to support the high running costs of the large school, the high level of poverty for many of the learners and the threat of substance abuse
June 9, 2016
Anderson Enjoys Giving Back to Its Community – Alston Primary School Waiting Shelter
It’s been three years since Anderson Engineering identified the need for waiting shelters for school children. They recently added another school to the list of beneficiaries, Alston Primary School on Greyling Street in the CBD area, which educates more than 1 000 children from communities as far afield as Hammarsdale and Winterskloof.
November 9, 2015
Tetelegu Primary School – Assisting To Relieve Overcrowding
The team at Anderson Engineering continue to assist the schools in the Pietermarizburg area. Our motivation for this project was to help the school management at Tetelegu Primary School in Sweetwaters with the overcrowding they are experiencing, so as to create a better learning experience and improve the overall safety for the learners.
June 9, 2015
Anderson Supports the Mentally Challenged
Anderson Engineering made a decision to look into how we could help the Sunnyside Farm at the suggestion of Shannon Elliott (wife of Brenton Elliott an employee of the company). Sunnyside Farm is managed under the auspices of the PMHS. It is a residential facility for 60 mentally challenged adults, located in the Bulwer district.
March 9, 2014
Forest Hills & Woodlands Primary Waiting Shelter
The team from Anderson Engineering recently completed a fourth waiting shelter. The waiting shelters project started in 2010 when shelters were installed at Forest Hills and Woodlands Primary Schools, then it was the turn of Alston Primary School and most recently, Eastwood Primary School.